He said, “These remaining contracts are almost at the final stage of evaluation. We hope to award these two contracts very soon. These are standalone buildings and will not affect the completion schedule of the Muscat airport project.”
The contracts for the new cargo building and the in-flight catering complex at the Muscat airport are the only two major contracts that are yet to be awarded from a list of 13 main packages that together account for the development of Muscat and Salalah airports.
H E Futaisi affirmed that the completion rate of the Muscat airport project has reached 52 per cent, adding that the ministry has planned to finish the new runway, the building of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA), air traffic control tower and air traffic management complex by the end of 2013.
H E Futaisi said, “We are really pleased to see the progress that has been made so far. We have been able to see a complete structure of the project within a short period.”
He added that package 1 of the project, which includes new runway, bridges, utilities and services facilities surrounding the terminal building and package two, which includes the control tower and all the ancillary buildings are nearly 80 per cent complete. He said that the ministry has plans for an early opening of the new runway and the control tower by the end of 2013.
“This means that all the traffic, we hope, will be shifted from the old runway to the new runway by the end of this year. Once the new runway is operational by end of this year, we will ask contractors to start work on the old runway so that we have it ready at the completion of entire new airport by the end of 2014.”
Speaking about Salalah airport project, H E Futaisi said that concreting and structure work of the hub has been completed adding that finishing work and installation of required equipment are under way.
“We expect the Salalah airport project to become operational by early 2014,” he added.